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National Service (Senior Aircraftsman Lee)

Volume 645: debated on Wednesday 2 August 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for Air why, in view of the fact that 5091701 Senior Aircraftsman Lee is anxious to serve with the Fleet Auxiliary and has special qualifications as a radio operator needed in that Service, which will lapse through lack of use if he has to complete his National Service with the Royal Air Force, he is not permitted to transfer to the Fleet Auxiliary.

Service in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Service cannot count against National Service obligations.I cannot therefore arrange to transfer senior aircraftman Lee.My hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State, however, has written to my hon. Friend, explaining that we are prepared to allow him to start his terminal leave on 8th October, 1962, which is some days before his qualifications lapse.